From Shelter Dog to K9 Unit: Jester’s Story

Before Jester arrived at the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS), some of his diet consisted of oatmeal and Kraft Dinner. Now the two-year-old Labrador Retriever/Border Collie mix is fed a high-quality dog food that’s fit for a police dog. It’s appropriate considering this rescued dog went from a neglectful situation to a member of the Winnipeg Police K9 Unit. Jester is a bomb detector. He’s trained to recognize 14 common explosive scents. Based on all combinations of those scents, Jester can detect around 22,000 manufactured explosives. It’s an enormous task that requires a lot of training but Sgt. Wally Antoniuk, Jester’s … Continued

“Urgent”

“Urgent” That is the one-line text message from the WHS Deputy CEO I received at 1pm yesterday. It was followed by a video showing that our main adoption area at the shelter was completely under water, it was a torrential rain and the ceiling tiles were scattered all over. My reply was short, my hands a bit shaky: “Be right there. Is the back area okay?” I don’t recall much of the drive back to the shelter, other than my brain thinking about the welfare of the animals and the team. Upon arrival, three fire trucks were parked at the … Continued

Meatless Monday: Winter Squash and Red Lentil Soup

Post and recipe by: Angela Tucker Warm, satisfying, tasty, nutritious. Just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe this Winter Squash and Red Lentil Soup. With all this snow that appeared over the weekend here in Manitoba, who doesn’t need a little soup in their life? The internet tells me soup is basically a sweater for your tummy. So, you can’t go wrong. This recipe is a source of protein on its own, but if you were looking to bump it up I would suggest topping it with some roasted chickpeas. The squash and lentils in this … Continued

Farm Animal Welfare and Environment: The Benefits of Free Range Farming

Bill 24, the Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act, proposes to remove two regulations in The Environment Act that will allow the hog industry in Manitoba to expand. These changes put the welfare of pigs and our environment at risk. Tamarack Farms is a free range farm in Manitoba and offers an organic solution to farming. Learn more about the positive impact Tamarack Farms allows pigs to express their natural behaviour and keep them healthy. A pig’s health and welfare directly links to the health of soil and our environment as a whole. As a small, mixed family farm, we … Continued

Monthly Volunteer Profile: Mary Ann Pelechaty

A group of volunteers founded the Winnipeg Humane Society in 1894 and are vital to our success today! With the help of volunteers, we can provide care, love and attention to our four (and sometimes two) legged friends until they find their forever homes. The MVP (Monthly Volunteer Profile) will recognize the work and get to know these special MVP’s in a spotlight each month that includes an article and photo shoot. MVPs will receive a framed photo and gift card as our thanks! Is there a volunteer you’d like to nominate to be MVP? E-mail us (volunteer@winnipeghumanesociety.ca) and tell us why … Continued

Meatless Monday: Lentil and Leek Soup

Post and recipe by: Angela Tucker Well, the days of cozy scarves, tea and crunchy leaves are upon us. And what better way to warm up than with a bowl of quick, yummy soup? Plus, leeks just happen to be in season right now! This recipe also is really basic and versatile, so feel free to add any other veggies you have kicking around in your fridge/freezer such as shredded carrots, peas, or tomatoes. Or you can even jazz it up with some of your favourite spices! I like to round out this soup with some tomato slices on toast … Continued

Veterinarians too: Winnipeg Humane Society launches Welcome Home Program

Pets need a veterinarian in the same way a human needs a doctor or dentist. A new Winnipeg Humane Society program aims to connect you – new adopters – with a local veterinarian. The Welcome Home Program sets up your pet with a veterinarian, a crucial contact point of contact in your pet’s growth and development. Each year the WHS adopts over 4,000 pets to people across Manitoba and many of these individuals do not have a pre-existing relationship with a veterinarian. The Welcome Home Program introduces new adopters with participating veterinary clinics and provides them with a free consultation appointment within … Continued

Miranda Lambert to help Winnipeg Humane Society animals by offering a seat upgrade and a meet-and-greet to a lucky fan!

Country music superstar Miranda Lambert wants to help homeless animals in Winnipeg and asks concert goers to fill up her Little Red Wagon with donations to the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) at her concert this week. One ticketholder and a guest will be selected to meet the eight-time Academy of Country Music Awards Female Vocalist of the Year before the concert and receive a seat upgrade. Lambert’s Highway Vagabond Tour stops in Winnipeg’s Bell MTS Place on Saturday, October 7. Ticketholders making a donation to the Fill the Red Wagon promotion can enter for a chance to meet the Vice … Continued

Monthly Volunteer Profile: Michelle Hedin

A group of volunteers founded the Winnipeg Humane Society in 1894 and are vital to our success today! With the help of volunteers, we can provide care, love and attention to our four (and sometimes two) legged friends until they find their forever homes. The MVP (Monthly Volunteer Profile) will recognize the work and get to know these special MVP’s in a spotlight each month that includes an article and photo shoot. MVPs will receive a framed photo and gift card as our thanks! Is there a volunteer you’d like to nominate to be MVP? E-mail us (volunteer@winnipeghumanesociety.ca) and tell us why … Continued

Waverley Underpass Construction Updates

November 1, 2017 Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians traveling in the vicinity of the Waverley Underpass project from Wednesday, November 1 until Friday, November 3 can expect additional travel delays as the rail detour is implemented at the at-grade railway crossing on Waverley Street just south of Taylor Avenue to facilitate further construction of the underpass. Construction of the rail detour, called a “shoofly”, is almost complete and from about Wednesday, November 1 to Friday, November 3, trains will be transitioning from the CN mainline over to the shoofly. This work will involve passage of specialized equipment and workers through the … Continued